Saturday, May 09, 2009
When the Going Gets Slow, the Slow Go Shopping
We had a very, very sleepy shift in the ER this morning. Not only was my census low, but hardly anyone needed spiritual support. One or two people asked politely for prayer, but there was nothing dramatic or particularly urgent. I took long breaks, outlined my homily for tomorrow, chatted with an EMT who loves science fiction (and who greeted me this morning with an excited, "So, have you seen the new Star Trek movie yet?"), talked to a couple of my favorite nurses, and made sure the blanket warmers were stocked.
I also shopped. I've long had my eye on some glass-bead lanyards in the gift shop, and today I went ahead and bought one. It was overpriced -- I could have made the thing myself for half the cost, probably -- but hey, the money supports the hospital. And while this may have been a vain purchase, I firmly believe that God likes pretty colors; why else would she have filled the world with them?
And I know patients like pretty colors. I chose this particular lanyard because it goes so well with my scrub top, on which I get compliments all the time. This top hasn't quite reached Magic Shirt status, but I still always feel good when I put it on. It makes me feel a little like a walking Monet painting.